BODIES…The Exhibition. Not for the Faint of Heart.

  • Posted on April 28, 2007 at 8:09 pm

These last couple of weeks have been extremely busy at work, and I haven’t had much time to devote to the blog. Now that the craziness has subsided, I’m back. I was even able to take off work on Thursday and Friday. (Though I can’t stop checking my email and responding to requests and calling into meetings on my days off. Seriously. I need help. Someone unplug me.)

Yesterday I did break away from the laptop long enough to have lunch with Amy at Tallula, one of my favorite restaurants. Then we went to Bodies….The Exhibition at The Dome in Rosslyn. Oh. My. God. We knew that the exhibit was a collection of real human remains that have been through a process that preserves by plasticizing them. We were expecting to be pretty grossed out, because yes, they are all dead bodies.

It wasn’t gross though—it was fascinating to see what the inside of the body really looks like up close, three-dimensional and life-sized, and to see how all the systems and organs work and fit together. Some exhibits are just muscles, some are just arteries, some are bodies split in half, and one is a body sliced into thin pieces that reminded me of pork chops. They even had fetuses, some as young as 21 days after conception (and it made Amy and I wonder exactly how they got the fetuses, but we tried not to think about it.) They showed healthy lungs, diseased lungs, a brain aneurysm, and even a goiter. And we saw a lot of penises.

My favorite part of the exhibit was the pulmonary section, which displays the intricacies of blood vessels and arteries. By themselves, they looked like beautiful red trees. The most disturbing part was an exhibit that showed just the skin of a man, laying on a table like a tanned hide. It was too Silence of the Lambs for me.

The exhibition was so cool, and I’m not even saying that on behalf of my hidden dark side, heh heh.

I don’t have any pictures because they didn’t allow photography, but the Washington Post has a photo gallery you can check out.

Kimonos, Karate and…Starbucks?

  • Posted on April 15, 2007 at 2:46 pm

Yesterday, while my dear husband cranked away at his Master’s Thesis all day long and did not even stop to watch a single video on YouTube, I went downtown to the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. I was expecting some Japanese lanterns, women dressed in kimonos, some sushi, and maybe a samurai or two.

Well, I didn’t see any samurai, but it was hard to see anything. There were thousands of people. Everywhere. It was much bigger than I thought it would be. I wandered around for a while, and I did catch a martial arts exhibition and a presentation of traditional Japanese dance and music. I also saw some people dressed up like what I assumed were Japanese anime characters. Oh, and a Japanese rocker chick band. And what I think was a cross-dressing geisha. It was very cool, and I loved the people-watching, even if I really didn’t get a chance to check out any of the booths.

There were many food stands, mostly offering sushi, lo mein, egg rolls, deep fried meat dishes and meat-on-a-stick. (and are funnel cakes really Japanese? hmmm…) But the lines were so long, it just didn’t seem worth it to me. At these kinds of things, the smells are typically better than the tastes. Even the line for the free sample of the dulce de leche Frappuccino from the Starbucks booth was unbearable. Seriously, Starbucks?


Not the cross-dressing geisha. This one is a woman.

Karate Chop

Kung Foo Fighting.

Three Dancers

Right in my backyard

  • Posted on January 9, 2007 at 10:37 pm

Larry and I live in Bethesda, one of the safest neighborhoods in the D.C. area. So when I heard about a 24-year old woman being sexually assaulted in an alley less than a block from my house, it made me queasy.

Police say that “the attack was most likely an isolated incident.” You just don’t expect this type of thing in Bethesda, right?

In this video, a local ABC newscast from Monday night, even the reporters seem shocked at the incident, not quite sure how to react to such a violent crime in such a safe, family-friendly neighborhood. And if you watch the video, you can see the back of our apartment building, our local Rock Bottom Brewery, the Lebanese restaurant Bacchus (which is right behind us), and Cafe Europa–quite literally our very own block.

From now on, I think I’ll have Larry pick me up from the metro station if I’m walking home by myself late at night.